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    Default What is the deepest Abandoned Mine?

    I'm doing a little history, and am trying to find the deepest abandoned mine in the western United States. Anyone have any ideas?

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    Famous newspaperman Jim Townsend told this story back in the old days: http://www.explorehistoricalif.com/jan04.html
    If it's still around, it could possibly be the deepest mine that ever existed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecile View Post
    Famous newspaperman Jim Townsend told this story back in the old days: http://www.explorehistoricalif.com/jan04.html
    If it's still around, it could possibly be the deepest mine that ever existed.
    This was an interesting article. - I think I would have liked to share a few drinks with Lying Jim.
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    I don't know if its the deepest in the western U.S. but the Combination Mine in Virginia City went to a recorded deph of 3,260 feet.

    Today, the deepest mines in the world are in South Africa. At least one of them is over 11,500 feet deep
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    Quote Originally Posted by n430uh
    I'm doing a little history, and am trying to find the deepest abandoned mine in the western United States. Anyone have any ideas?
    I will give you a clue. It is in Northern California and reached a depth of 5912 feet.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rockcrusher
    Today, the deepest mines in the world are in South Africa. At least one of them is over 11,500 feet deep
    It all depends on who you ask, as the mines are still active and ever deepening. The East Rand Mine in Johannesburg, South Africa is said to be 11761.811 feet deep while the Western Deep Level Mine, also in Johannesburg, is claiming that it has reached a depth of 12795.27 feet. Now, the deepest single drop shaft is currently the South Deep gold mine in Westonaria, Gauteng Province, South Africa. It has a single drop of 9814.46 feet! as an interesting side note, the temperature rises by 1 degree every 108.26 feet - you do the math...

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    Thanks for the information! I did not realize that the temperature rose that quickly. Still trying to find various deep mines in the Western US. If you know of more, don't hesitate to shout out!

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    The Argonaut Mine, across Hwy 49 from the Kennedy, was sunk to a depth of 5,570 feet. I don't have the exact figures, but I believe that the Empire Mine is at a depth of around 5200 feet. The North Star Mine, Grass Valley, was over 4000 feet if I remember correctly. The Idaho-Maryland Mine (New Brunswick shaft) passes the 3400 foot level, and with gold prices rising plans are underway to deepen it to around 5000 feet. If any more mines come to mind, I will post them here for you. May I ask what exactly you are researching? You can hit me up with an email if you do not want to post an answer.

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    The deepest I know of is in Utah... it started out from what I have heard, as a small hole, it was picked and pryed at for a few hundred years. While at heart it is a cave, it was mined, so this might meet your definition. In the 50s it was discovered by Cavers. It has since been named "Neffs Cave" you need rope and climbing gear to get in and out now. It has an explored depth of 1,163 feet (this is actual depth-going down, not in) yet is still not completely explored.
    If you are looking for something that was fully commercialized, there is a vertical shaft out on Fish Springs mountain, big enough to drive a truck into, you can repel down about 150 ft. into it. and then it levels out and you can navigate around. Last time in we walked for 2 hours in and 2 hours out and didnt explore all of it. You do need a respirator as there is a good critter population down there, and no one likes the hanta virus...
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    Thanks for the information. I am doing some research for a fiction book that I am writing. Although it is fiction I do like to add real facts and history. The story would be perfect if I could find a very deep mine that was real, in which there was a small accident or disaster that claimed a dozen or so lives. The depth of the mine is not so important as the fact that not all the bodies could be recovered. I intend to leave history as such, but allow for my fiction to cause speculation into the disaster. I'll probably start a new post asking for information about mining disasters.

    Thanks!

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    Howdy.....The deepest abandoned mine I "know" of is located at Burke Idaho, a little north of Wallace. The Star Mine was known as "the mine that built Spokane Washington" . If memory serves....it was about 8500 feet deep. It was open for a brief time as the Star-Phoenix in the early 90's.....................Bob"

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